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What would Ben Stein say about this?

Yesterday, I wrote about what I thought to be a fairly amusing story. It was the story of one hapless candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in a district in northwest Indiana whose excuses for giving a talk to the American National Socialist Workers Party’s Chicago celebration of Adolf Hitler’s 119th birthday last weekend can only be characterized as what in LOL Cat lingo one would call “EPIC FAIL” (he claimed he didn’t think people there were of a “Nazi mindset”). I’ve also written more than I now wish I had about the inherent dishonesty of Ben Stein’s claim in the movie Expelled! that “Darwinism” led directly to eugenics and the Holocaust. Stein’s obvious implication, when taken in context with the rest of the movie in which Darwinism is equated with atheism, was that accepting evolutionary theory as good science leads straight to atheism and Nazi-ism.

I wonder what Ben Stein would say if he learned that Tony Zirkle (the hapless Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semitic candidate in question) is is a devout Christian. Not only is he a devout Christian, but consistent with his faith he is a supporter of “intelligent design” creationism.

Oh, the irony!

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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